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TB kills 12,000 people every year in Afghanistan

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TB kills 12,000 people every  year in Afghanistan
 Despite of efforts made by Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in healthcare sector in Afghanistan, still tuberculosis (TB) disease is taking lives of 12,000 Afghans every year.
Officials from tuberculosis department of MoPH saying that based on WHO figures annually, about 61,000 individuals are getting infected to tuberculosis that 12,000 of them due to this disease are losing their lives.
Dr. Khalid Sediq, in charge of the Ministry of Public Health’s Tuberculosis Department, told the media that in 34 provinces TB services are exist and approximately 2,355 centers offer TB services throughout the country, as well the diagnostic centers by Microscope diagnose this disease.
In Afghanistan, women are more likely to get infected with TB as compared to men, and the disease also causes women left barren.
According to Dr. Sediq, TB requires 6 to 18 months of treatment to be fully recovered.
March 24 is World TB Day, and Afghan officials celebrate this day and commit themselves to fight the disease.
TB is an infectious disease that can be cured and those individuals who are coughing more than two weeks should visit health centers for diagnosis and treatment once.
According to the MoPH, illiteracy, poverty and malnutrition are among the main factors behind infecting to this disease.
Specialist doctors say that tuberculosis has different types, such as bone, tuberculosis, stomach, palatal, uterus and spinal cord, and it needs to be fully treated, because it is a fatal disease.
At the same time, the Doctors without Borders in its new report said that new medicines have been implemented on some TB patients and were effective in treating tuberculosis. Tayyiba Zahedi, member of the Meshrano Jirga Health Commission, said the Ministry of Public Health should provide quality health services not only in the treatment of TB, but also in the diagnosis and treatment of all diseases.
Meanwhile, a number of citizens are criticizing the delivery of services by the Ministry of Public Health, saying that in most of provinces of Afghanistan, especially in remotest areas of the country, the majority of people do not have access to healthcare services, and they hope that the MoPH will pay serious attention to this issue.